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I am having a problem with the chain on my poulan chainsaw. the chain comes loose or comes off after just a few cuts. am i missing something or could it be a malfunction

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  • Lee Glascock May 11, 2010

    did you adjust the chain before you tighten the bolts

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It sounds like the chain is not being set quite tight enough. Turn the tightening screw until the chain barely lifts above the bar when pulling on the middle of the chain.

Posted on May 20, 2009

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I have found that the number one reason for a loose chain is from stretching, and that comes from heat or clearing small brush.

Heat being that it is not oiling properly and wears quicker, and the small brush answer (cutting lots of 1/2 in Buckthorn) tends to jerk the chain and manually stretches rather than a steady cut in a log which tends to be smoother.



With that said, yours might be something else. If I can ask a few question... When the saw was purchased, did you install the bar and chain? Second your level of experience - and is this your first saw. What I need to rule out is that the bar could be on wrong.



This saw was more than likely built by Poulan and it should have 2 nuts holding the bar. Does the bar loosen up? If the answer is no you might have a bar that is miss matched to the chain. What that means is that the chains "drivers", the tooth that is down in the bar could be a .050 and the bar could be a .063, hence the chain wobbles more that it should and might be more prone to jumping off.

Solution: Replace bar and chain and make sure they are a matched, lastly, always cut with a sharp chain.

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The chain adjuster does not actually hold the guide bar, that is done by the bar nut/nuts, the main reason for chains coming lose is inadiquate chain oil to the bar/chain, does the chain look dry? it can also be the result of what you are cutting, if it is very dirty timber or railway sleepers.

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If the chain is turning, it has to cut. Make sure the cutting edge of the teeth are coming toward you on the lower run of chain. Good luck!

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make sure the little tooth on the end of the adjuster for the chain is locked into the groove its supposed to go into and tighten it down.
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if it has been sharpened once by someone than take it to someone esle if it is not satisfactory.

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check the cog that the chain runs on, the one on the back of the centrifugal clutch they are supposed to be changed when you change the bar ((i dont bother until iget symptoms like yours or the chain starts to get tight and loose tight and loose)

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The chain is directional, only cuts one way. If a new chain won't cut, it must be on backwards.

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We can see no more detail than can you.
This is a collection of chainsaw enthusiasts that may provide a better answer. Be prepared for a little grief because you a Poulan.
ArboristSite.com Chainsaw thread
http://www.arboristsite.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9
GL
Lou

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